Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Technology Studies: Energy Management Certificate (ENMC-CC-COT)

Location(s): Tunxis

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The Certificate in Energy Management offers students a hands-on curriculum utilizing the college’s facilities as a “living laboratory” to provide a career path that aligns with commercial and/or industrial energy management practices. A traditional Engineering job requires a 4-year degree. The certificate folds seamlessly into the 2-year Tech Studies, Energy Management Option Associate Degree and allows students to complete the required coursework needed to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of an “Energy Manager”, while still maintaining a level of General Education coursework that they could transfer to a 4-year college should that student desire the opportunity to expand their work to a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree. This certificate path is more economical for the students of Connecticut to obtain the needed information to be successful in the field, yet they can continue their education at the university level if desired. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of energy, its measurement and varied approaches to conserving/saving.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of commercial building systems and be able to explain their operation, interactions, and their energy use.
  • Perform energy analysis on potential conservation measures in commercial/industrial settings, and incorporate both conceptual and technical understanding in their project reports.
  • Demonstrate an increased proficiency with spreadsheets, charts, and graphs in Excel.
  • Practice technical writing and oral skills and will create technical documents.

The Energy Management certificate provides students with a choice of “focus” in either Lighting or Commercial HVAC. These areas are identified as two significant areas of energy use in commercial/industrial structures. Students choose based on interest, employment prospects, or employer direction. Through the degree, students will achieve credits in both areas. The choice in the certificate allows for a direct path and employability. This certificate is “stackable” into the more extensive Technology Studies: Energy Management option AS degree with Tunxis. Each course in the certificate is either part of the degree or serves as a pre-requisite to move students forward. Using the NRG*133 pathway option in the certificate could allow for WIOA eligibility as the certificate could then be completed in 2 semesters. This certificate and the degree are funded with a grant from the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Those funds allowed Tunxis to create a scholarship in which students are direct beneficiaries of the funds we receive. The scholarship allows students to earn all required credits for the certificate and/or degree at no cost (tuition, fees, books, etc.) for those who qualify.  The NRG*133 course prepares students to sit for an industry-standard credentialing exam through the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). Additional industry-standard credentials are frequently considered/reviewed.